Justice For All Malaysia

Anwar Ibrahim’s Trial

Posted on: September 24, 2008

Decision on sodomy trial transfer Oct 7
Sep 24, 08 8:52am Malaysiakini.com

leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is back at the Sessions Court today over the
sodomy charge levelled against him by a former aide, will know whether
the trial will be transfered to a higher court in two weeks.


judge SM Komathy Suppiah set Oct 7 for her decision heard arguments
this morning from both the prosecution and the defence counsel on
whether the case should be transferred to the High Court.

The prosecution had earlier sought permission for the matter to be transferred to the High Court.

the charge against anwar ibrahim sodomy allegation trial 070808However, the defence team objected to the transfer notice as it was signed by attorney-general (AG) Abdul Gani Patail.

objection was on the basis that the AG should not have played any role
in this case as he was being investigated following a complaint that
the had tampered with evidence in Anwar’s cases 10 years ago.

trial started today with the prosecution, led by AG’s Chambers
prosecution head Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden, submitting in favour of a
transfer of the case to High Court.

Mohd Yusof said that Abdul
Gani had no direct role in prosecution of this case and as such the
transfer order, although signed by the attorney general, was valid.

to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s previous assurance that Abdul
Gani will not be involved in any way in the Anwar trial, Mohd Yusof
said: “At the end of the day, the PM can say anything.”

Citing case laws, Mohd Yusof told the judge that she had no choice but to transfer the case to the High Court.

Security high at court complex

the Jalan Duta court complex, security has been heightened again for
this trial, with several federal reserve unit trucks on standby and
police personnel posted at various locations.

Two layers of police security were also in place for those registering to enter the court room.

Earlier Anwar arrived at the court complex at 9.50am and entered the courtroom eight minutes later. The case started at 10am.

The opposition leader was accompanied by his wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and daughter Nurul Izzah.

When Anwar was asked by reporters on how he felt about the case today, he said: “You never know justice in this country”. 

About 50 supporters and several party leaders were present as a show of support.

Anwar had claimed trial on Aug 7 when charged with sodomising his former aide, 23-year-old Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

If convicted, he could face a 20-year jail term. He is currently out on a RM20,000 personal bond.

is some fear among his supporters that his bail could be revoked,
resulting in Anwar being held in prison while awaiting his trial – a
process that could take months.

However, the issue was not raised in court previously and is not expected to be raised today either.

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